Photos show the difference between Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships

Both cruises had dress codes and formal parties, but reporters agreed they were loosely followed on both ships.

Neither cruise had strict formal dress codes.

Joey Hadden/Insider, Monica Humphries/Insider

The Wonder of the Seas had dress codes for passengers in the main dining room that changed each evening, from casual to smart casual to formal. Although there were two formal nights during Joey’s cruise, she found that the dress code was not enforced. On ceremony nights, Joey spotted several people in t-shirts and shorts having dinner.

On the first formal night, Joey wore a gold dress with loafers, but on the second formal night, she relaxed her look with a short-sleeved button-up shirt with light pants and the same shoes.

To be seated in Carnival Vista’s main dining area, passengers were required to follow a “casual” dress code, which prohibited denim shorts,

flip flops

and swimsuits, Carnival’s website says. Monica didn’t see anyone enforcing the dress code.

Her trip also had two formal nights. On the first, Monica opted for a casual black sweater and strappy sandals. While she wasn’t overdressed, she wasn’t underdressed either. Throughout the night, she spotted a handful of passengers in dresses, but the vast majority of people were wearing shorts and casual dresses. The second official night was on July 4, where she thought it seemed like the main focus for passengers was to wear red, white and blue instead of formal dress.